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2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up Stock Down

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In a week of bad weather, back up running backs, and fistfights, Week 7 had some big surprises as I will discuss in the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up Stock Down.

Pat Mahomes is out for likely 3 weeks with a new leg injury, this time in his knee. You can check out a more in-depth look at the impact it will have on the Chiefs written by our guy Tyler Mulligan here.

Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds completely destroyed the competition with a combined 300 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Devonta Freeman got ejected for hitting Aaron Donald in the face after just nine total touches.

Lamar Jackson (116) had more rushing yards than Tevin Coleman (62) and Matt Breida (35) combined.

Josh Allen and the Bills somehow actually needed to make a 4th quarter comeback against the Dolphins, but they did.

Joe Mixon averaged just .2 yards per carry against the Jags.

Let’s get to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up Stock Down.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up Stock Down

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Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (PFF Grade 89.9)

Will Fuller is hurt again. If he misses time, all of the other Texans receivers gain value. But the immediate beneficiary Sunday was Stills.

Stills had 4 catches for 105 yards and is a perfect fit to fill the Fuller role. DeShaun Watson has attempted 38 passes of 20 or more air yards (per PFF) and completed 17. So the air yards are there for big success regardless of who is catching the ball.

Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (PFF Grade 75.9)

A starter is a starter.

Nobody is saying he’s going to be great. But if the Kenyan Drake trade rumors are true, Walton could have some upside.

He’s more interesting in dynasty than in redraft, but anybody who is getting 15 touches a game can have upside.

His playoff schedule is also pretty solid with matchups against the Jets, Giants, and Bengals.

  • Corey Davis/AJ Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans – Somebody had to do something. Luckily for us, Ryan Tannehill managed to have a pretty good game and support a solid day for Davis. There are tougher games ahead but the future of the Titans got a little brighter.
  • Cardinals defense – With Patrick Peterson back, the Cardinals defense has some low level streaming interest. But the main thing to consider is the matchup against the top receivers.
  • Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Brissett may not always be able to support two huge stat lines in one game, but when he does, Pascal has now emerged as the number two guy. Should T.Y. Hilton miss time, Pascal should have very high upside.
  • Ty Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions – Kerryon went down with an injury, meaning it’s up to the other Johnson to take over for the time being. He’s currently, however, completely dependent on an injury to have a consistent value.

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The Atlanta Falcons Offense (Team PFF Grade 69.6)

With the Tuesday morning trade news of Mohamed Sanu shipping out to Foxborough, it appears the Falcons are already looking ahead to the draft.

Matt Ryan sustained an injury of unknown severity, Devonta Freeman might get suspended for a few games for throwing a punch and Ito Smith got hurt. It’s turning into a real mess on what was still a statistically fruitful offense.

Julio Jones, Austin Hooper, and Calvin Ridley should be fine when Matt Ryan is 100% but the ceiling seems to have taken a hit for the time being.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (PFF Grade 86.6)

At this point, it’s not really Wentz’s fault that he is struggling. But his situation isn’t getting better this season.

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He has now failed to complete at least 20 passes in 4 of 6 games without Desean Jackson and thrown for fewer than 200 yards in 4 of those 6 games. He’s never surpassed 65% completions without DJ and failed to reach 60% in 4 of 6 games.

Wentz will be fine if you have him in dynasty leagues, but he’s looking destined to struggle this season.

  • Melvin Gordon, RB, LA Chargers – I mentioned him last week and lumped him in with Austin Ekeler as both trending down. But a goal-line fumble (2 total) to throw away the game makes him even worse off than he was before somehow.
  • Da Bears runningbacks – Over the last month, the Bears RBs have a combined 46 rushes for 115 yards and 1 score and 23 catches for 103 yards and 1 score. One of those games was against the Redskins defense. Need I say more?
  • Patriots D/ST – They’re still the best defense in the league, by a bunch. But the Fantasy production of this team is going to come back down to reality soon. The Browns have been hit or miss and may get steamrolled, but real football starts for the Pats very soon.

 

Mid-Season Trade Targets

This is the time of year where you know if your team can make it to a championship or not. With Trade deadlines around the corner, it’s time to make moves and start prepping for a playoff run, or start prepping for next year.

Runningbacks

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Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders (PFF Grade 90.7)

After a big game against the Packers and a very solid start to the season, his price is going to be pretty high. But if you have the depth to make a trade, Jacobs will be worth the price tag.

Jacobs is averaging 3.9 yards after contact per carry, 10.2 yards after the catch, and has had 19 or more touches in 4 of 6 games played.

On top of all that, he gets a pretty soft playoff schedule against the Jags and Chargers in weeks 15 and 16.

Kareem Hunt – Cleveland Browns (2018 PFF Grade 82.2)

The Browns offense has been lacking consistency and playmaking ability this season. It’s hard to believe OBJ couldn’t help get it done.

But Kareem has been a playmaker since day 1. His role will be limited as a complementary piece, but the lack of success the team has had may provide the opportunity he needs to make big plays.

At this point, Fantasy relevance isn’t guaranteed, but he is a dart throw with some very high upside.

  • Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos – He’s quietly putting together a very solid season with 4.6 yards per rush and 7.2 yards per reception. His offense as a whole is trash and he’s subject to some bust weeks but his playoff schedule includes the Texans, Chiefs, and Lions.
  • James White, New England Patriots – James White‘s ceiling takes a hit with the Sanu trade, but his role on this team is as safe as anybody not named Edelman. He will consistently get 10 to 15 points with some touchdown upside and makes for a great flex play. His playoff schedule includes the Chiefs, Bengals, and Bills.

Wide Receivers

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DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins (PFF Grade 61.0)

Ryan Fitzpatrick really is magic. The Dolphins were 15 minutes of good defense away from winning their first game of the season.

Parker has three games in a row with a touchdown and is averaging a healthy 6.3 targets per week.

But the selling point for Parker is his average depth of target (aDOT). Parker’s aDOT is a massive 17.1, which is second in the NFL among wide receivers with at least 15 targets. So while he’s been heating up in recent weeks, his best games this season are still ahead of him.

Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Bucs (PFF Grade 77.5)

Mike Evans, even after his bye week is second in the league in total air yards. He has clearly been surpassed as the top receiver on his team, but it’s not like he’s bad by any means.

He’s subject to inconsistent performances, but he is getting major opportunities and eventually will have more big games.


His playoff schedule includes the Colts, Lions, and Texans, which makes him an intriguing option for any team that is playoff-bound.

  • Jamison Crowder, NY Jets – Sam Darnold may have a mild form of PTSD after that game, but he doesn’t play the Pats until Week 17. But not counting Monday’s blood bath loss to the Patriots, the Darnold to Crowder connection has been effective with 26 targets and 197 yards in just two games against the Bills and Cowboys.
  • Sterling Shepard/ Golden Tate, NY Giants – Danny Dimes has been struggling lately, but brighter days are ahead. The Giants get matchups against Philly, Miami, and Washington come playoff time, and one of these receivers could make a huge impact.

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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